Straight From Norway

Image003.jpg This is a picture outside a house in Gulshan Iqbal that supplies a well marketed brand of bottled water. The white mini truck is used to transport the packed bottles to the market. Over a period of time, I have noted activities around the place that strongly suggest that the water tanker is the ‘natural source’ from which the pure stuff oozes out.

Next time when you are about to drink the bottled water that strikes Norway to your thoughts, just remember the bowser in this picture and hope your glass of water is still safe!

19 Comments so far

  1. Ali (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 2:37 am

    This is a serious crime? can we report it to Police? or any other governing body?

    Coca-Cola was found guilty doing same sort of business in UK in 2004

  2. Syed Johny (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 5:11 am

    can u tell the name of brand???

  3. Lies (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 10:32 am

    This is quite common actually. There was a popular brand a few year ago (the bottle looked a LOT like Nestle’s) called Mineral Plus. They used to bottle it in a house in Sindhi Muslim. I even called them once to complain about the quality of their water, and it turned out that the whole operation was owned by an army man. Surprise surprise.

  4. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 11:38 am

    @TEE EEM

    email me the location address – Please, :)

    am sure you will help,


  5. br0ke (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 11:53 am

    the name of the brand from norway is telenor!!!!
    dont buy bottled water from telenor…..

  6. br0ke (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 11:53 am

    the name of the brand from norway is telenor!!!!
    dont buy bottled water from telenor…..

  7. faylasuf (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

    Tee emm, your post is a bit vague and i actually am surprised for that very reason.

    Purified water needs treatment, and that treatment IS actually what we pay for. if you r a consumer of this brand and still have serious reservations, then get the bottl tested my friend
    or switch the brand

    besides this water tanker could be for any prupose,
    its better to write to the brand first, rather then posting it for discussion with out any relevant facts.


  8. IUnknown (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 2:20 pm

    @ALI, this is not UK, its pakistan

  9. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

    @BR0KE :)

    how about OSLO :)



  10. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 3:53 pm

    About Bottled Water contamination:

  11. Zag (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 6:15 pm

    umm…. where else do you think the water will come from for treatment??? The water tanker is used to transport the PRE-treated water to the reverse osmosis plant where it’s treated to remove the harmful minerals/bacteria/contaminations and to reduce the TDS of the water to drinking standards, then the useful minerals are added and then the water is packaged in the bottle which we get.

    I think it’s better to do some research first rather than trying to create hysteria and uping your post count….

  12. Obi Wan Kenobi (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 6:54 pm

    You know there is no difference b/w this post and Geo TV. Both post incomplete news, play sensation cards, accuse others w/o any proof. Now this guy/gal TM will not reply to any of these comments here and would not tell the name of company. Any body remember Geo’s shot last year when they said that they have received a video form some unknown source about corruption and they were thinking to show it to people. They took so long but never aired that, what was that ? Cheap publicity ? If they are so honest then why did not show the video ? But then you can’t blame Geo or this guy/gal TM. This is Pakistani society where people like Shahid Masood comes on national TV and accuse others w/o any prior proofs. If it were in first world, these sort of people would have lost their shirts in law suits.

    TM, by the way do you also believe that KFC chicken comes from USA and of course each morning McDonald delivers fries via PIA flight to distribute all over the Pakistan.

  13. Tee Emm (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 11:02 pm

    Guys: Pardon for a late comeback. The place is in Gulshan. I am not going to take names, you guys ought to know some geography ;) Also, I believe we are not into investigative journalism – rather we snapshot life as it passes by and present it to your readers for their ever insightful comments.

    The post is not about this particular place but the general non-reliability of bottled water in Pakistan. I hope people here will share their ‘experiences’ of bottled water.

    @JS: Thanks for the link. Exactly my point.

    @Obi:Do you think I just made up this post? I didn’t mind. :)

  14. Obi Wan Kenobi (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 2:15 am

    TM, I never said you made up the post. You just posted incomplete information and now you are saying that it was a general report. How could it be a general post when you accuse some “particular” company that operates from Gulshan. I agree that you are not into investigative journalism but then there is no need of accusing some one when you are not even sure yourself what are the facts. This is just a pathetic way of life style but then it’s your choice and we have to respect that.

  15. xyz (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 5:02 am

    I agree with OWK’s comments above. Show some responsibility guys when you post something on this blog, it should be based on facts. As this blog is read by so many people, they may just believe you blindly. People in our country get convinced so easily, no one needs facts or logic. remember the mobile sms hoax? ciao.

  16. Farhat Ahmer (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 3:28 pm

    TM on lighter note have they stopped your free supply of drinking water (: and you adopted a renegade path hehhehehe B)

  17. wakeup (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 7:03 pm

    Plastic water bottle.

    Plastic already has toxic in it. What is the use of putting pure water in a toxic container.
    This is the problem with parhay likhay jahils.

    These parhay likhay jahils are the main hazardous
    to our community and ordinary people should be warned about about them.

  18. asra (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 12:04 pm

    hi – I’m a journalist and would like to know a few more details about the location of this place so the story/allegation can be further investigated. Can u pls post the exact address of this place?

  19. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 10:24 pm

    Am journalist and I know where it is. I’m now using the information for my own benefit of free water…. …….! :D

    awam kee aysee taysee, jaay bhaar mai

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